A WORKING CLASS FAMILY IN WARTIME: EVERY DAY LIFE WITH THE SUTER FAMILY IN LONDON, 1940
Doris Suter steps down into the Anderson shelter that has been constructed in the bottom of the garden of the family home at 44 Edgeworth Road, Eltham. She is carrying her gas mask and steps onto a chair, as the shelter has been sunk deep into the ground. Behind her, her brother Alan can be seen as he prepares to follow Doris into the shelter. Their mother, Mrs Suter can be seen behind them. This photograph was taken in the summer of 1940.
Over two million American servicemen passed through Britain during the Second World War. In 1944, at the height of activity, up to half a million were based there with the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF). Their job was to man and maintain the vast fleets of aircraft needed to attack German cities and industry.